Southeast Asian Rambutan, Nephelium lappaceum, is a medium-sized tropical tree that grows within about 10 degrees of the Equator. The fruit produced by the tree is also known as Rambutan. The earliest record of Rambutan trees show that they were cultivated by the Malayan jungle tribes around their temporary settlements. Rambutan trees grow to a height of 35-60 ft. producing boards that are 2-5 ft. long with widths of 2-8. The tree grows from sea level up to 1,600ft. with best growth in deep soil; clay loam or sandy loam rich in organic matter, and thrives on hilly terrain as it requires good drainage. The wood is similar in color to Goncalo Alves and equally dense and durable.It is perhaps a bit deeper in its orange color. It can be found with a dense flame figure that rivals the nicest curly maple.Sharp blades are needed as the wood is extremely dense and tough.
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